- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Aggressive again

We've dug up the 1993 report on immigration by the Trilateral Commission, in which then-commission member-turned-INS Commissioner Doris Meissner the first Clinton administration official to say publicly that 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez "belongs with his father" and must be returned to Cuba wrote of U.S. refugee policy:
"With the Cold War behind, refugee policy has lost its rationale and refugee admissions are increasingly anachronistic. [P]olicy-makers seem quite comfortable with the status quo … . This, combined with the absence of an international strategic outlook that is enhanced by refugee resettlement, has produced stagnation in a policy arena where the U.S. has typically provided aggressive, high-minded leadership."

Short shelf life

At a recent hearing of the House Commerce Committee, Federal Communications Commission member Gloria Tristani was on hand to testify about the Religious Broadcasting Freedom Act and the Non-Commercial Broadcasting Freedom of Expression Act.
Unlike other commissioners who frown on reviewing videotapes for content, Miss Tristani acknowledged that she sometimes monitors videos, especially to guard against obscene material in children's educational programming.
At which point Rep. Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, asked Miss Tristani whether these following programs could be considered educational: (1) Instruction on living by the Ten Commandments; (2) A show on collecting wrestling magazines or comic books; and (3) Instruction on collecting pet rocks.
Regarding the first two programs, Miss Tristani said, "I'd have to see more of the program."
As for the latter, she testified, "I don't know what pet rocks are."

Comedic gem

It's being touted as "An Evening with Ellen DeGeneres," and what better stage for the lesbian comedian to set foot than the taxpayer-supported John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Which, by the way, is promoting her stand-up comedy routine as "hilarious."
"Ellen DeGeneres is a comedic gem best known for her work on the groundbreaking television series 'Ellen,' which DeGeneres created, produced and starred," the Kennedy Center says, adding:
"The actress made history in April 1997 when her on-screen personification, 'Ellen Morgan,' became the first gay leading character in television."
Which, the Kennedy Center fails to mention, is eventually what got Ellen canned within a year by Disney-owned ABC. For after Miss DeGeneres stepped out of her closet, so to speak, it was all downhill.
"If you enjoy watching people of the same sex pat each other on the bottom, you might want to check out my show," Miss DeGeneres said in an "Ellen" promo broadcast during "Monday Night Football," when plenty of children were in the audience.
Upon the show's cancellation, Executive Producer Tim Doyle acknowledged "there was a segment of the audience that definitely ran away … because of the gay material."
He went on to blast ABC, saying it could have made Ellen "into a cultural phenomenon, but instead, they justified people's bigotry."
Miss DeGeneres appears in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall one night only on May 16. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40.

GOP bonfire

Republicans will hold their national convention in Philadelphia this summer, and guess who's hosting?
A Democrat.
In a letter to his Republican colleagues, Rep. Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania Democrat whose district encompasses Philadelphia, welcomes each to the City of Brotherly Love, where he says even Democrats will proclaim themselves "Republicans for a Week."
Then he adds: "We are having 'Republican for a Week' T shirts printed for our elected officials, Democratic Party and union leaders. You're also invited to our Friday, August 4 bonfire, when we dispose of those shirts."

Shots with Hillary

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila has just surveyed 500 Americans of legal drinking age, asking which politicians male and female they would most like to party with.
First lady and would-be senator Hillary Rodham Clinton wins by a landslide, with her 44 percent of the overall vote beating out our choice, Rep. Mary Bono, California Republican, with 24 percent.
On the men's side of the saloon, Ross Perot took top honors with 23 percent, followed by President Clinton, Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.
Only 2 percent of those polled cared to party with New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or by e-mailmccasl@twtmail.com.

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